Michael Crabtree Injury: Updates on San Francisco 49ers Star's Achilles

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2013

UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 1, at 9:51 a.m. ET

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that Michael Crabtree is ready to play and will not be limited:

#49ers WR Michael Crabtree returns today. My understanding is no physical limitations. May not play every snaps, but won’t be limited

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2013

The San Francisco 49ers' official Twitter page did not list Michael Crabtree among the inactives: 

#49ers inactives: WR Quinton Patton, CB Tarell Brown, DT Quinton Dial, G Mike Iupati, WR Jon Baldwin, TE Garrett Celek & DT Tank Carradine.

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 1, 2013

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 29, at 5:35 p.m ET

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area provides the latest update on Michael Crabtree's injury:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 28, at 4:40 p.m. ET

The 49ers indicate Michael Crabtree remains a full participant in practice:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 28, at 9:30 a.m. ET 

ESPN's Bill Williamson reports Michael Crabtree was a full participant in practice yesterday:

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was a full participant in practice Wednesday and did not appear on the team's injury report Wednesday.

It was Crabtree's first practice since being activated to the 53-man roster Tuesday. Crabtree had been practicing for the past three weeks, but he often worked on the side. Crabtree tore his Achilles in May.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 5:10 p.m. ET:

From the San Francisco 49ers:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 10:35 a.m. ET:

From ESPN's Adam Schefter:

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov, 25, at 11:59 p.m. ET

Coach Jim Harbaugh provided great news for 49er fans after their impressive 27-6 win over the Redskins:

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov, 25, at 4:03 p.m. ET

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area has an update on Michael Crabtree's status for tonight's game vs. Washington:

The return of 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree will have to wait at least another week.

The 49ers did not activate Crabtree to the 53-man roster by the 1 p.m. (PT) deadline Monday, making him ineligible to make his season debut in the nationally televised night game against Washington at 5:30 p.m.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:43 p.m. ET

Crabtree participated in today's practice session, according to Cam Inman of MercuryNews.com:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 21, at 12:20 p.m. ET

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area has good news on Crabtree's status:

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree will be added to the 49ers’ 53-man roster within the next six days.

It’s even possible Crabtree could be on the roster prior to the 49ers’ game Monday night at Washington, but that does not mean he will suit up for the game.

Based on his participation last week in practices, it does not appear likely Crabtree will be available for the 49ers’ next game. After one week of practices leading up to the 49ers’ game against the Carolina Panthers, the organization decided to back off on Crabtree’s participation a week ago.

Cam Inman of MercuryNews.com had more on Crabtree's involvement:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 a.m. ET

From ESPN's Ed Werder:

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UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 16, at 9:45 a.m. ET

NBC Sports' Mike Florio provides a statement from 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh discussing Michael Crabtree's potential regular-season debut:

When it comes to whether receiver Michael Crabtree will make his 2013 debut on Sunday against the Saints, Harbaugh was uncharacteristically chatty.

“It doesn’t look probable, no,” Harbaugh told reporters on Friday.


“[H]e had a week of running routes, of sprinting, pushing the sled, lifting, training and catching,” Harbaugh said regarding Crabtree’s practices in recent days.  “He wasn’t part of the team workout, but controlled would be the best way to say it.”

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 15, at 2:35 p.m. ET

From Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:20 a.m. ET

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com provides a statement from 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh discussing Michael Crabtree's potential regular-season debut:

When asked if wide receiver Michael Crabtree could be added to the 53-man roster for Sunday’s game, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said, “We’ll see. I’m not going to make any predictions today on who that is, but we’ve been encouraged with his progress and there’s other options as well.”

Crabtree, who is on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, was not spotted on the practice field Wednesday. Because he is not on the 53-man roster, his activity is not included on the 49ers’ injury report. Crabtree was cleared to begin practicing last week, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:25 a.m. ET

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee provides insight into Michael Crabtree's practice yesterday and provides a statement from 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh:

Crabtree tore his right Achilles' tendon on May 21. He wore a blue, non-contact jersey in practice and acknowledged he was easing his way back into his first practice. He didn't run routes at full speed and was noticeably cautious about leaping - and landing - for high passes.


Wednesday marked just 24 weeks since Crabtree's surgery to repair his Achilles'. Asked if he was surprised to see someone on the field so soon after such a serious injury, Jim Harbaugh said, no. After all, he's been watching Crabtree fight to get back on the field for half a year.

"I guess because you watch him day-to-day -- successful surgery, on track at every point, doing everything that he was asked to do by the doctors and all reports were really good," Harbaugh said.

Barrows continued with a statement from Crabtree:

Crabtree is one of the most laid back players on the team. But he admitted being amped up for his first practice since the injury occurred. "They had to calm me down," he said. "I was the first person out there (at practice) today, stretching, for no reason. I'm just excited to be back."


But he said he would not circle a date - or a game - for his comeback on the calendar. "Not at all. I'm just going to go day by day, how I feel," he said. "Getting to circling dates and rushing yourself to be ready by then - I feel like I just need to go one day at a time."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m. ET

Bay Area News Group's Cam Inman has the latest on Crabtree:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 1:11 p.m. ET

Taylor Price of 49ers.com first reported that Michael Crabtree was cleared to practice for the first time since he tore his Achilles tendon. 

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News later confirmed and provided a statement from Crabtree:

Michael Crabtree made an encouraging return to the 49ers practice field Tuesday, catching passes alongside teammates for the first time since a right Achilles tear May 21.

"It was cool, man," Crabtree said afterward in the locker room.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m. ET

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle provides a statement from 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh discussing Michael Crabtree's potential return later this season.

Per Shea, Harbaugh said a return by Crabtree in a few weeks is "doable. I'm not going to make any proclamations, but he's right on track."

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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 7, at 5:02 p.m. ET

From Cam Inman of MercuryNews.com:

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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. ET

From Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. ET

From ESPN's Adam Schefter:

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, at 1:08 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Pro Football Talk's Josh Alper notes the latest on Crabtree's status next season:

Crabtree tore his Achilles during the offseason and coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that the team will place him on the active PUP list to start camp. 

Obviously it is no surprise that Crabtree won’t be practicing with the 49ers, but the choice to put him on the PUP list is significant. He can now move onto the reserve PUP list come the regular season, which forces him to miss the first six games of the season before a three-week window opens to take the player off the list. There are then three more weeks for him to practice before he must be activated or shut down for the remainder of the season.

However, the 49ers do offer some optimism:

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco backs that up:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 2, at 9:25 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Michael Crabtree tweeted out an update on how his recovery from a torn achilles tendon is going. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 23, at 3:28 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Many have speculated that the 49ers could bring back Randy Moss, who played for the 49ers last season. According to the NFL's official Twitter page, Jim Harbaugh says Moss isn't an option for San Francisco:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 22, at 5:56 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The AP's Janie McCauley provides details on how Crabtree's injury occurred:

Michael Crabtree posted this message on Twitter on Tuesday evening:

The 49ers' official Twitter account says Jim Harbaugh claims Michael Crabtree isn't expected to miss the whole season after tearing his achilles:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 22, 4:05 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Crabtree has already undergone surgery on the Achilles injury, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

ESPN's Adam Schefter adds that doctors believe the injury will keep him out six months and that surgery was needed as soon as possible.

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If his Achilles is indeed torn, Crabtree will have to undergo surgery to repair the damage. According to NFL insider Adam Caplan, some of his teammates believe the surgery will be season-ending:

While there is a very real chance Crabtree is forced to miss the entire season, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that all hope isn’t lost for the wide receiver making a comeback in 2013:

As seen with the quick recoveries of other players facing the same type of Achilles injuries—like Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay’s Da'Quan Bowers—there's certainly a chance Crabtree is able to return before the season is over. 

The competitive receiver will want to be back on the field as soon as possible, particularly with the 49ers primed to make yet another deep postseason run. That said, the Texas Tech product has a long road of rehabilitation ahead before he can achieve the level of success that Bowers and Suggs had after their injuries last year. 

Crabtree is coming off the best year of his NFL career, earning career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,105) and touchdowns (nine), and the rapport he has developed with young quarterback Colin Kaepernick signals that the wideout was due for an even better season in 2013.

While it will be a devastating blow to try to fill the void left by Crabtree, San Francisco fortunately has a few viable stopgaps at wide receiver. 

Not only did the team sign fourth-round draft pick Quinton Patton on Wednesday, but the Niners also traded for veteran Anquan Boldin in the offseason and will look for more production out of 2012 first-rounder A.J. Jenkins.

Add in the return of Mario Manningham and the continued evolution of tight end Vernon Davis into a pass-catching machine, and the 49ers should have a serviceable receiving corps. 

There is always a chance that San Francisco re-signs Randy Moss or another seasoned receiver on a one-year deal, but with a strong draft and smart offseason moves, this is an injury that can likely be remedied in-house.